ProPublica (2015) completed a study looking at three decades of federal data on fatal police shootings and found that Black males are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than White males the same age. The deaths of unarmed Black males by armed White males and police officers has moved America into a tense racial divide in many areas of the United States. With this data in mind, the author makes a call for art educators to assume an educational framework that guides the destabilization of institutional power and places equity at the forefront of art teaching. By advocating for a Critical Multiculturalism to help teachers develop a pedagogy that critiques power and supports various cultural voices and lived experiences, the author makes two primary suggestions that can potentially guide art educators in their investment in critical multicultural priorities.


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